Argan oil has become extremely popular in recent years. That’s because a growing number of women, myself included, are moving away from chemical-based beauty products.
Instead, we’ve switched to plant-based alternatives. At first, I was a little reluctant to do this. But then I made a happy discovery. Natural cosmetics work much better than I had ever imagined. They give my skin a natural glow. They nourish my skin cells. And they aren’t irritating.
For years, every winter, I had patches of dry flaky skin. These would crop up around my mouth. I tried to tame them with moisturizer. But this didn’t help. In retrospect, I now think that whatever I put on my face contributed to the problem. So I don’t miss these chemicals at all. In fact, I’ve found safe natural substitutes for all of my questionable compound cosmetics.
What Does Argan Oil Do for Your Skin?
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Argan oil is one of the plant-based emollients that I use, in an attempt to keep my skin looking younger. Moroccan argan oil is derived from a nut that grows in the dry regions of North Africa. It’s been used as a natural beauty remedy for ages by women in Morocco. In recent years, the rest of the world has learned about this oil. It’s now found in a wide range of all-natural cosmetics.
Pure Moroccan argan oil is also a popular carrier oil for essential oils, which are too strong to be put directly on the skin. This oil can be used alone, or it can be part of an aromatherapy skincare recipe.
For instance, certain essential oils, such as lavender and frankincense, are considered to be very good for your skin. So they’re often added to argan oil and other carriers for a DIY anti-aging formula. (In recent years, I’ve started making my own skincare recipes, since all natural cosmetics tend to be expensive.)
Argan Oil Skin Care
Argan oil is really easy to use. You can just apply it to clean skin or you can mix it with lavender essential oil or another aromatic. Lavender oil is considered one of the best for healing and soothing troubled skin. It’s also thought to be a good natural wrinkle fighter, just like argan oil. I’m definitely of the mind that mixing two or more skin remedies together has the potential to create a positive synergy. So that’s what I like to do.
Right now, I own a number of plant-based moisturizers, including natural argan oil. I’ve been buying most of my natural emollients from one of two companies, Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia. I’ve always been thrilled with the quality. For my argan oil, I decided to experiment. So I ordered another brand. However, once it arrived, I couldn’t track down much information about the company. So I can’t recommend this brand. Instead, I’m going to recommend argan oil sold by Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia, which you can see below.
Benefits of Argan Oil for the Skin
Moroccan argan oil appears to be a nutritional powerhouse. This oil contains essential fatty acids, plus generous amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, according to natural health expert Dr. Josh Axe, DNM. On his website, he also cites research showing that argan oil appears to contain natural compounds that help reduce inflammation.
One of the things I love about using natural products on my own skin is that they have the potential to nourish and heal, instead of irritate. This is one reason I’m so happy to have rid my cosmetic collection of chemicals. My skin responds so much better to argan oil, as well as to other plant-derived moisturizers.
In addition to natural argan oil, I’ve also used various other combinations of natural skincare remedies, including pure avocado oil, either alone or mixed with essential oils. One thing I’ve found is that rotating my beauty remedies seems to make them work better. That’s why I always own at least three different natural face oils.
Actually, I’m continually trying different combinations of carrier oils and essential oils on my face. That’s because I’ve noticed that rotating plant-based emollients and extracts gives better results. I don’t know if there’s a scientific reason. But it’s something that I’ve noticed. Some of the other natural concoctions I’ve used on my face include:
Argan Oil for Aging Skin
Moroccan argan oil is an extremely popular remedy for aging and mature skin. That’s partly because it’s an excellent moisturizer. It’s also not too greasy, and it’s readily absorbed. If you’d like to add a little extra punch to your argan oil, here’s a very easy recipe.
2 teaspoons of Moroccan argan oil (It’s available here)
2 drops of lavender essential oil (It’s available here)
1 drop of frankincense essential oil (It’s available here)
Mix these ingredients together and store them in a clean glass jar with a lid. Keep this mixture away from light and heat. Apply as needed.